Eden Hazard, Demba Ba And Yohan Cabaye Now Own A Football Club
Eden Hazard, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba now part-own a football club.
Chelsea and Belgium star Hazard turned out for Lille alongside Cabaye in the early days of his career, and then went on to play with Ba at Chelsea after the striker had lit up at St James' Park in the same Newcastle side as Cabaye.
And the trio, along with former Lille and Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow, a Senegal national team colleague of Ba's, have teamed up with local businessman to invest in a club in San Diego, with the side set to play in the NASL, the second tier of football in the United States, as of Spring 2018.
The club, who have already set up their social media pages and website, will play home fixtures at the University of San Diego's Torero Stadium and have plans to build a brand new facility in the near future.
Commenting on the venture, Ba said:
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"Success is our goal - with the club, with the community, with everything that we do.
"One of our goals is to sign players who have a strong passion for the game, who are competitive and love to win. All my life as a football player, I lived with competition and competition is going to be good for us and for San Diego.
"I look forward to competing against our fellow California clubs and the rest of the NASL, as well as MLS clubs in the U.S. Open Cup. It is going to be up to us to be the best.
Hazard added that the passion for football in San Diego was a key reason in choosing the city as the location for the expansion prospect, and can't wait to get things off the ground.
"San Diego is a beautiful place and the love and passion the people have for soccer made this an easy choice for us," the 26-year old said to the official NASL website.
"My friends and I are honoured to turn this dream into a reality and we can't wait to get started and win some games."
It's an interesting project that the four players have pumped money into and it'll certainly be worth keeping tabs on.
(h/t BBC Sport)
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